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Brewed by Garage Project
Style: Imperial/Double IPA
Wellington, New Zealand
Serve in Shaker, Snifter

bottled
common

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available

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RATINGS: 102   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
The arrival of hops to the brewing scene in England in the 1500’s led to a moral panic. Hops were condemned as a “wicked and pernicious weed”, one which would lead to the erosion of social and moral standards. Thank goodness they were right. Here’s hoping that our homage to the original pernicious weed continues this gradual decline. Organic Rakau and whole cone Nelson Sauvin go head to head in this strong, golden, hoppy brew. Bitter, yes. Intensely hoppy, absolutely. Too much, never.


4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Hop_Hedonist (294) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JUN 29, 2013
UPDATED: MAY 29, 2014 Truely a great pale ale. Wow! Super hoppy - just the way I like it! Taken one point off because it’s a little too alcoholic for me. Would like to drink more of this without falling over! This batch is well balanced - lot of malt but so lots of lovely hops! Very quaffable.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
DylansDad (381) - North Shore, Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - MAY 18, 2013
Aroma is no shrinking violet. It unsubtly screams citrus, passionfruit, (is it maybe over ripe apricots as well?) and resin. Gorgeous. It’s a very dynamic aroma: in the background the apricot rolls into a yeasty bread cooking in the oven smell which then rolls into some kind of roast nut... but there’s no way I’m gonna spend my time sniffin’ this; it’s screaming "Drink me, bi-yatch!" So I drink. Hugely bitter but immediately balanced with the sweet tastes of the aroma. Simple straightforward IPA, unpretentious, and very drinkable.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
pmuzz (400) - AUSTRALIA - JUL 12, 2013
Fantastic ipa, up there with hopwired. Beautiful flavours and a nice balance that rolls to an aggressive bitterness. Winner.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Mattress63 (68) - AUSTRALIA - JUL 25, 2014
And I thought GPs Death from Above was great beer, this was exceptional. 650ml bottle from Purple Palate poured a dark golden colour with nice head. Smelt great on the pour but its the initial taste that got me. The Nelson Sauvin hops really burst through in your mouth with all those wonderful tastes of citrus, pine and grapefruit but its the kick on the palate that was exceptional. Extreme bitterness that lingers well on, and very easy to drink for an 8% abv.Fantastic beer not unlike Hopwired, but GP does it again. Probably in my top 5 beers.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
omega (778) - NEW ZEALAND - SEP 26, 2012
UPDATED: MAY 29, 2014 Draught: Pours quite a murky golden colour and has a big sweet tropical hop hit on the nose. Pineapple and feijoa on the palate which has good length. Bottle rerate: This thing is bone dry with a great nose and not as syrupy as I got from the taps. Sadly this beer is not widely available as it has the potential to be one of the best beers in the country. 2014 Rerate - still about the same, but now could be more widely available - Happy campers!!

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Tonybaldeagle (61) - - APR 23, 2014
Ball grabbingly taste that shouts flavour & palate with bold hops that leave a warm satisfying experience ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GlassBrass440 (206) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - JAN 14, 2015
Lots of hop aroma and flavor. Alcohol and a bit of malt in the flavor as well. Excellent.

4.3
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tombutlin (51) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - FEB 2, 2015
UPDATED: MAR 17, 2015 Lovely hoppy aroma that follows through into the taste of resin, floral, citrus. Strong head and good carbonation. Cloudy, with a strong finish. I kept coming back to sniff this and even snorted the empty can the next day. Yes, it came in a can.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
craftbeersweden (269) - SWEDEN - APR 15, 2015
A beatiful, a little bit hazy, orange-golden colored beer with a huge, three finger high head. A lot of lacing stays on the glass when the fluffy head finally sinks down to a 5 mm thick "whipped cream" style head.

I just love the nose! Tropical fruit, mango, orange marmelade, hops, grass, grapefruit, caramel malt, herbs and pine.
Taste: Orange, tropical fruit, earthy, grapefruit, a soft, creamy taste. A very balanced bitterness. The ABV of 8% is well hidden. You get a little alcohol taste but not to much.
Body: Medium body and medium carbonation. A soft, creamy body with great texture. Malty backbone.

Maybe you have guessed it by now: I LOVE this DIPA! Nothing overwhelming - Just right! So good, creamy, hoppy and... just lovely!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
HopObessaison (21) - NEW ZEALAND - AUG 6, 2011
Tap at HashigoZake - Amazing aroma, huge hops, and a slow building bitterness, would have loved a pint or two but volume was limited. Great beer. 3/24


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